Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live on May 8, sparking controversy over whether the current richest man in the world should be offered a comedic platform. He was also joined by slightly less polarizing musical guest Miley Cyrus, and the two appeared in a Mars sketch with Pete Davidson.
In the sketch, Davidson plays his fan favorite character, the ominously cold Chad. The scene takes place on a SpaceX station on Mars, as Chad volunteers to save the human colony, even if that means it will die. Cyrus played a resident of the space station and the apparent lover of Chad.
After saying that she would “always treasure what we’ve had together,” Cyrus adds, “Oh, my God, I wish we could have sex one last time.” The camera then turned to Davidson totally naked, before adding, “But we can’t.” Then she tells Chad that she is pregnant and that he is the father, to whom he says, “No thanks”, and seals his airlock, entering Mars instead. Unfortunately, in a pretty graphic twist for SNL, Chad’s head explodes in his helmet. Musk adds, “Well, I said people were going to die. I’m out of here.
Miley also performed two songs on Saturday, including the eponymous track from her latest album. Plastic hearts, and a collaboration with Kid Laroi on his viral song “Without You”.
In addition to appearing in several sketches, Musk has advocated for interplanetary human life and also announced that he is the first person with Asperger’s to host SNL. However, many were quick to point out that the original SNL actor Dan Aykroyd also had Asperger’s. Musk’s partner Grimes also appeared in a sketch as Princess Peach.
Watch Miley and Davidson as cross-lovers on Mars below: